Fes­ti­val marks author’s work

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Fans of leg­endary writer James Joyce will be gath­er­ing for the an­nual Blooms­day Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

The fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of the Ir­ish writer’s comic novel Ulysses which fol­lows the char­ac­ter Leopold Bloom as he wan­ders around Dublin dur­ing one day on June 16, 1904.

It is a mod­ern mock­par­al­lel of the epic an­cient Greek saga of The Odyssey where Ulysses fights peril on sea and land try­ing to make his way back from Troy to his wife Pene­lope. Ev­ery June 16 global devotees gather, drink and cel­e­brate the nov­el­ist’s work.

Auck­land has cel­e­brated the event since 2000.

The fes­ti­val kicks off with a one-hour dance and theatre piece called Danc­ing in the Wake at the Base­ment Theatre on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Grey Lynn mu­si­cian Her­shal Her­scher and the Jews Broth­ers Band will then per­form dur­ing the three-hour cabaret show the Jews Broth­ers Blooms­day at K Rd’s Thirsty Dog Tav­ern and Cafe at 7.30pm.

The show is a com­bi­na­tion of songs, drama­ti­sa­tions and read­ings that take the au­di­ence through the novel.

Blues le­gend Rick Bryant, mezzo so­prano Yuko Taka­hashi will also take the floor and Michael Hurst will per­form as the dom­i­na­trix Bella Co­hen.

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